When I'm not craving mojitos or other hard and fruity cocktails, I find that warm weather makes me thirst for spiked drinks inspired by iced tea. In my college days, I occasionally threw back a Long Island Iced Tea, and though the drink gets a bad rap for being so darn strong, it's also deliciously refreshing.

If you're longing (har har) for a more sophisticated take on the Long Island, I recently discovered a variation called the Long Irish Iced Tea, which uses citrus vodka, a honey-flavored Irish whiskey, and a cognac liqueur called Celtic Crossing. To get the recipe,

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Long Irish Iced Tea

Long Irish Iced Tea

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Ingredients

  1. 1 ounce citrus vodka
  2. 1 ounce Celtic Crossing liqueur
  3. 1 ounce Gosling's Gold Rum
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  6. Splash of cola
  7. Lime wedge, for garnish

Directions

Pour all but the last 2 ingredients into a tall, ice-filled glass. Add a splash of cola and garnish with lime.

Makes 1 drink.

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